In a setback to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed his plea to stay a trial court proceedings in a criminal defamation case filed against him by finance minister Arun Jaitley.
A bench led by justice P C Ghose while dismissing the CM’s plea said that “we have seen the judgements. We can’t interfere with the judgements of the Delhi High Court and the trial court.”
Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, representing Kejriwal, argued that the criminal proceedings should be stayed as a higher court was also considering the case on the same facts. “The Supreme Court must protect the chief minister of a state,” he said, adding if the High Court pronounces judgement in the civil proceedings, then the subordinate court would have to follow the law in the case which is based on the same facts and circumstances.
However, the court rejected his plea, saying “We are not supposed to see anything beyond records.”
“Can’t a public person question a politician?” Jethmalani questioned.